Many different birds live in our gardens. Some are native birds – originally from New Zealand and some are not. Papa Atawhai - the Department of Conservation or DoC as it is known to most of us, has a webpage dedicated to native New Zealand Birds. Note – though not on the page, seagulls are native to New Zealand and nearly every country in the world!
iNaturalist NZ have a list of introduced birds of New Zealand. Early settlers brought many of these birds to New Zealand while others seasonally migrate here.
Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research has some excellent information about how and what to feed the birds that live in your neighbourhood.
Hei mahi – things to do
- Explore both the Papa Atawhai New Zealand Native birds webpage and the iNaturalist webpage to see how many recognise or have seen.
- Create a list of birds you see in your garden and around your neighbourhood from these two webpages. Are there more Native birds or introduced Birds on your list?
- Design / draw an ideal habitat (place to live) for birds. What type of birds live here? What do they eat? What other animals might live here?
- Create a list of other animals that are introduced to New Zealand.